Orange County's Crystal Cathedral is redesigned as Christ Cathedral

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Johnson Fain boldly built a “boat within a boat” at the former Crystal Cathedral, shading and diffusing the once vivid sunlight. Photo by Frances Anderton

The Diocese of Orange opened its newly renovated Christ Cathedral today. Bishop Kevin Vann delivered the first mass and dedication ceremony. When the cathedral first launched in 1980, it was touted as the largest all-glass structure in the world. But perhaps what's most interesting about the cathedral now are the relics held under the altar.